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into the maids' bedrooms at night and find the
sealed like ovens, except for Marie's, the Swi
girl, who would rather go without a bath ths
without fresh air, but then at home, she had sai
"the mountains are so beautiful."    She had sa
that last night looking out of the window wit
tears   in  her  eyes.     " The   mountains   are  g
beautiful"    Her father was dying there,  Mr
Ramsay knew.   He was leaving them fatherles,
Scolding and demonstrating (how to make a bee
how to open a window, with hands that shut an
spread like a Frenchwoman's)   all  had  folde-
itself quietly about her, when the girl spoke, as
after a flight through the sunshine the wings of
bird fold themselves quietly and the blue of it
plumage changes from bright steel to soft purple
She had stood there silent for there was nothing
to be said.   He had cancer of the throat.   At th
recollection—how she had stood there, how th»
girl had said " At home the mountains are s<
beautiful", and there was no hope, no hope what
ever, she had a spasm of irritation, and speaking
sharply, said to James:

" Stand still. Don't be tiresome," so that he
knew instantly that her severity was real, and
straightened his leg and she measured it.

The stocking was too short by half an inch at
least, making allowance for the fact that Sorley's